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Population explosion responsible for our inability to plan for Karu – Sule

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By Abubakar Lawal Lafia

Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has complained that Karu Local Government in Nasarawa was too overpopulation and can’t be planned to be given a city status.

He made this known while playing host to a delegation from the UN-Habitat, at the Government House, in Lafia.

Sule observed that with the continuous influx of people into Karu, because of is closeness to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), it’s out of place to put the population of the city of estimated above 200,000 as it is now.

“That is why we can’t plan for Karu, because you plan for two hundred and something thousand people and then 500, 000 people are coming and going out, then you are not going to succeed.

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“After serious efforts we put in there, we construct roads for two hundred and something thousand people, one million are plying that road, that road will be damaged.

“If we don’t have data, information, we won’t be able to do a good job,” he stated.

Sule emphasize the significance of data in effective planning and commended the UN-Habitat for selecting Karu Local Government Area in the country as sole beneficiary of its COVID-19 Response and Recovery Strategy.

“This intervention is timely, especially that Karu, Keffi and Lafia constitute over 80 percent of the total COVID-19 infections in the state. He said.

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The who was overwhemed with the UN agency for undertaking to update Karu urban profile, to facilitate evidence-based development planning, as well as conduct training programme to enhance capacity of local and national authorities on COVID-19 response and evidence-based development planning.

“Let me also use this visitation to commend the Karu Local Government Chairman, Mr. Samuel Akala, for distinguishing himself in Marrakech, in Morocco, which led to UN-Habitat selecting Karu for its pilot project in the country.

The number one man thanked Gen. T. Y. Danjuma Foundation, for choosing to similarly intervene in three locations across the state.

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Earlier, UN-Habitat Consultant, Paul Okunola, disclosed that the agency has selected Karu Local Government Area as sole beneficiary for its COVID-19 Response and Recovery Strategy, with $220, 000 earmarked to be utilized.

Okunola listed the projects to be undertaken as, installation and commissioning of six emergency water sources, hand washing stations and other health and hygiene interventions in Karu peri-urban settlement, production of updated Karu urban profile to facilitate evidence-based development planning, as well as conduct training programmes to enhance the capacity of officials on COVID-19 response and evidence-based development planning.

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